Huge irony … The night before my pressure wound diagnosis, I wrote and published a blog post about how much I hate the taste of most vegetables. When I began redoing this website, I took that post down. That was a low point. I didn’t realize how negative I was being and how deep in denial I was about my weight issue.
News of the pressure wound hit me like a ton of bricks and I had a huge cry in the doctor’s office. Prior to writing that vegetable-hating blog entry, I had spent the summer trying to make some gradual, healthy changes in my nutrition, and vegetables were a huge hurdle. To say that I gagged at the taste and texture of most vegetables was not an overstatement.
Now I was faced with having to revamp my nutritional habits right away to give my body the best chance to heal, which meant choking down more vegetables, of course. The doctor never even said I had to lose weight. I just knew.
When you are in a prone position, i.e, on bed rest, for an extended amount of time, it is best to stay away from foods that are not as easily digestible. So, I had to cut beef almost entirely out of my food plan. But protein is essential to wound healing, so I can still eat chicken, fish, eggs and my all-time favorite food, cheese. Cheese in moderation, as it is also, of course, a fat. But I can still eat it—thank you, God. However, most of the so-called bad fats and carbs are now gone. Pumpernickel and rye bread have replaced white bread, brown rice has replaced white rice, and potatoes are almost non-existent in my nutrition plan. I can’t tell you the last time I had a French fry or a potato chip.
Yes, a potato is a vegetable, but I have to stick to the healthier vegetables. Cooked vegetables are the least palatable to me–hence, the gagging–so I primarily eat raw vegetables in salads with shrimp and chicken to make meals more appealing. (Again, socking down the protein to help the wound heal.)
Here’s the exception to my statement about cooked vegetables: soups. I really enjoy soups. It’s all about a well-cooked bone broth. Bone broths make vegetable tastier.
Do I eat all vegetables? No. There are still some I refuse to eat. If you try to feed me Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower or cooked cabbage (Red cabbage and cole slaw are okay.), while I will refrain from throwing them back at you, I simply won’t eat them.
The fact is that eating is nowhere near as pleasurable as it used to be.
But… and this is a huge but … My butt is NOT huge anymore.
While that doesn’t change the taste of vegetables, I did switch my mindset about having to eat them because I can now feel and see their benefits, which far outweigh the unpleasant taste (Pun intended.):
- I lost 50 pounds.
- My blood pressure is under control.
- I feel more energetic and much healthier.
- I feel and look more attractive. (Yes, sexier.)
- I have a larger and more attractive selection of wardrobe options.
Also, when I do indulge too much in the less healthy foods, I feel the negative effects even more intensely. The bloating is very uncomfortable and I feel lethargic to the point of falling into a “carb coma”, that nap I have to take about an hour after wolfing down a carb-heavy meal. These rare, post weight loss carb comas bring about embarrassing memories of falling asleep on more than one occasion among happy, boisterous gatherings of family and friends. Since I no longer wish to fall asleep and miss any part of a fun party, I am done with carb comas.
As I close out this blog entry, here is my question for you, InspiraGang:
What foods do you dislike and how do you make them more appealing?
Wishing You the Best Health,